Jewish community outraged after video shows man holding anti-Semitic signs in Boca Raton
BOCA RATON, Fla. (CBS12) —
The Jewish community is outraged after a viral video shows a man holding up a sign that says ‘Jews Rape Kids’ in Boca Raton.
Jewish leaders say this type of behavior sparks hate and leads to violence.
Barry Silver is floored this happened in a city with a large Jewish population, including Holocaust survivors.
“This is not just offensive speech, this is not just speech where people disagree, this is speech that has led to death and murder of Jews in the past, not just once or twice, but repeatedly,” he said.
A video shared by Vocative shows Patrick Little, a self-proclaimed white nationalist, holding a sign that says, ‘The Holocaust is a lie’ on Palmetto Park Road.
“It really creates a sense of fear in the community, it’s like a domino effect,” Ari Silver said.
The video goes on to show a man confronting Little and trying to take away his sign. The Boca Raton police report does not say Carlos Reyes hurt Little, but he’s been charged with simple battery and criminal mischief.
“People should be inspired by his actions to speak out and now allow hate speech to go unanswered,” Barry Silver said.
He does not condone violence, but says some form of action must be taken.
Silver compares Little’s sign holding to yelling fire at a movie theatre or screaming bomb on an airplane. Silvers says it should be against the law. He’s appreciates Reyes stepping in.
“All that’s necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing,” he said.